When looking back on this past year what is it that I will remember, what will stick so much in my memory that years and years later I shall recall it? I no longer write my end of the year letter to seal shut for me to read years later, though perhaps I may take up this habit again.
The moments that truly stand out are the ones that seem so tiny, so insignificant. The day that my youngest kissed me on the forehead and asked me to be his Valentine forever. Seeing my daughter shine on stage in a musical. Watching my middle child become such great friends with an older gentleman that this person has become very much like family. The squeal of joy that the carnival was in town. The laughter that echoed loudly as my little family bounced up and down singing out the word “snow” when the snow fell. Playing charades and having impromptu dance parties. Hearing a four year old in a very serious tone with hand held out asking “May I dance with you?” Watching the serious expression on a twelve year old’s face as he concentrates while drawing then seeing a beautiful copy that he created in mere minutes when all I would have been able to do was draw a squiggle. Hearing my daughter sing in the church choir for the first time.
There were big things like my son’s surgery. A custody hearing. My brother getting married to a wonderful woman who makes him happier than I have ever seen him, happier than I ever knew he could be. Seeing how big my cripple pup has gotten and knowing that he cannot live with us because of the steps he would have to climb. Having two books published. Joining Four Foxes One Hound. Deciding to home school my high school child.
This has been a full year, the little things though are the ones that seem to mean the most when looking back, when my kids announced that I get a birthday week instead of a day. That may seem silly to some but it was special to me. Each day was something they knew I would enjoy, it was there way of showing me that they love me.
It seems that each year gets better than the one before it. So here is hoping that next year is filled with more amazing memories. Stay safe this New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year!